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Your Burning Questions About the Enigmatic Elizabeth Holmes Answered



Four years before makeup mogul Kylie Jenner took over the title, in 2015, Forbes named Elizabeth Holmes the youngest self-made billionaire ever. Her company, Theranos, was meant to change the way people draw blood — with a simple finger prick instead of vials. The company was valued at $9 billion at its height, but Elizabeth would soon become a household name for a completely different reason. 

Just a year after receiving the Forbes honor, the whistle was blown that Elizabeth had misled her investors, and that the technology behind Theranos could not work. 

In 2019, HBO's The Inventor shed a new light on who Elizabeth Holmes is and how Theranos defrauded the public. 

Where is Elizabeth Holmes from Theranos now? Read on for the refresher about where the Stanford dropout is today, and for the update in her case. 

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If you're wondering about Elizabeth Holmes' voice, whether she's a psychopath, and if she still dates former Theranos COO Sunny Balwani, you've come to the right place.

First, what is up with Elizabeth Holmes' voice?

When viewers put on The Inventor for the first time, many were startled by Elizabeth Holmes' baritone voice. In fact, Twitter was popping off about this one detail over the course of the evening.

"Anyone who has ever criticized a woman's vocal fry or uptalk or 'shrill' tone needs to watch the Elizabeth Holmes documentary," wrote one user. "She has the perfect voice [some] of you guys have been dreaming of all your lives! I'm very excited for you to finally hear it come to life."

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"We are four minutes in on this #Theranos doc on HBO and I cannot stop laughing at Elizabeth Holmes' 'deep voice'," added another

Jezebel even went so far as to publish an article today called "Elizabeth Holmes's Fake Voice Is Actually Just 'Stupid Man' Voice," and all signs point to the fact that Elizabeth doesn't actually speak in such a low register and just put it on for, you know, kicks. 

In fact, the only person who was ever suspect of Elizabeth during a time when everyone else was pouring millions into her company, was Dr. Phyllis Gardner, MD, a professor of medicine at Stanford. 

She commented on Elizabeth's fake baritone in ABC News' podcast, The Dropout: "When she came to me, she didn't have a low voice," she revealed. "When I saw her again was at the Harvard Medical School board meeting where she was being introduced. She says with this low voice and I'm like, 'Oh my god.' It was quite off."

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If you want to hear Elizabeth's real voice (you're welcome), there are instances where she slips out of her fake baritone, and they're extensively catalogued here, courtesy of reddit. 

Is Elizabeth Holmes a psychopath?

While psychopaths and sociopaths are often confused, Elizabeth definitely exhibits features of the latter. John Carreyrou, author of Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, has spent some time studying Theranos and its inventor and opened up about her sociopathic behavior in an interview with Vanity Fair.

"At the end of my book, I say that a sociopath is described as someone with no conscience," he said. "I think she absolutely has sociopathic tendencies. One of those tendencies is pathological lying. I believe this is a woman who started telling small lies soon after she dropped out of Stanford, when she founded her company, and the lies became bigger and bigger."

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"I think she's someone that got used to telling lies so often, and the lies got so much bigger that eventually the line between the lies and reality blurred for her," John said.

Is Elizabeth still dating secret boyfriend Sunny Balwani, former Theranos president?

One of the most striking details the HBO documentary explores is how Elizabeth was secretly dating and living with Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani, the president and COO of Theranos the entire time they were working together.

Although they met when Elizabeth was 18 and Sunny was 37, they reportedly didn't start dating until two years later, when Elizabeth dropped out of Stanford in 2004. Per John's book, the couple was living together by July 2005, though Elizabeth "actively lied" about her relationship status the whole time she was at Theranos.

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These days, that couple is history — and their breakup will probably go down as one of the most dramatic and disastrous in history. According to Refinery29, "Holmes got rid of Balwani from both her personal and professional life" in the spring of 2016. 

But it's not like Sunny can just chill and get over his former flame; in March 2016, he was banned from owning or operating a blood laboratory. In 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission filed four claims against him for lying to and intentionally misleading investors. And in June of 2018, a federal grand jury indicted Sunny and Elizabeth on nine counts of wire fraud and two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud for knowingly distributing blood test with falsified results.

Because he claims he didn't make any money off of his time at Theranos, Sunny holds he shouldn't be held responsible and according to his legal rep, has "committed no crimes."

Where is Elizabeth Holmes today?

It's wild to think that someone could know Elizabeth's full story and still want to marry her, but there's someone for everyone, as they say. She reportedly wed Billy Evans in the summer of 2019. And it seems Elizabeth Holmes is a fan of May-December relationships because her husband is eight years her junior. 

If you're concerned at all as to how the couple will make money, considering Elizabeth's reputation, Billy is reportedly the heir to the Evans Hotel Group chain in California. Even though she defrauded many people, Elizabeth is still allegedly more financially set than most will ever be. Billy's family also reportedly does not approve of the relationship.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Elizabeth's team wanted to push her trial, which is set to begin jury selection on July 28, 2020. 

Judge Edward Davila denied the Theranos creator's request, but he did acknowledge that the pandemic made things more difficult. Elizabeth was just additionally charged with forfeiture, wire fraud, and conspiracy, per The Register

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